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the website of Graham Fisher

the website of Graham Fisher

the website of Graham Fisherthe website of Graham Fisher


TALES FROM THE BARN, the musings of a Black Country ex-pat now domiciled on the Welsh border.

Graham's latest book was officially launched at the biennial International Festival of Glass (IFoG) in Stourbridge on 23rd August 2019.  This is his 10th book under the Sparrow Publishing banner. It is also his 5th to be launched at 5 successive IFoGs, which is unprecedented. 

Citing his broadcasting hero Allister Cooke’s Letter From America as the inspiration behind Tales From the Barn, Graham has sought to elucidate and contrast the people, places and events in and around his new home on the Welsh border with those of his native Black Country. 

Tales From the Barn is based on his popular series of podcasts (see TFTB, this site) that have been brought together in the form of a sumptuous book collating the first 25 episodes and lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by Sparrow Publishing. The result is a pot-pourri of acute observations including, but extending well beyond, Graham’s already-established specialties of inland waterways and crystal glass into an eclectic range of areas that also include geology, crime fiction, ley-lines, industrial archeology, ecology and climate change, sport, language, the Norman Conquest, World War II heroes and much more.

Tales From The Barn (TFTB) is available  via  the usual outlets and  the internet at a UK price of £15.00. Locally it is available throughout the Glass Quarter (Stourbridge), Richard Booth's Bookshop (Hay) and Carrot and Wine Stores (Whitney).

Alternately, it can be obtained direct from the author (+ £2.50 p&p) via the contact below and can be signed on request at no extra cost. (Please indicate if, and to whom, you would like it signed). A contribution from direct sales will be made to the British Glass Foundation of which Graham is a Trustee (see Links). Bulk and trade discounts are available. 



Also known as 'The Trilogy', this series started life in 2010 with the publication of Jewels on the Cut; an exploration of the Stourbridge Canal and the local glass industry. The book referred to the famous Portland Vase, a Roman cameo glass piece that was replicated in canalside facilities twice in the 19th Century. When Ian Dury and his team decided to recreate the vase in another canaliside facility in 2012, Graham was invited to be the official biographer for this unique project resulting in The 2012 Portland Vase Project; Recreation Of A Masterpiece. The Trilogy was completed in 2015 with Whiskers on Kittens, an idiosyncratic and unashamedly personal appreciation of the Stourbridge Glass industry. By this stage the original Jewels On The Cut had not only been taken over by an incredible series of events, it had also sold out. So, a completely revised and updated version, JoC II, was officially launched at the International Festival of Glass (IFoG) in August 2017.

All four books  were launched at four successive IFoGs, a statistic that is unprecedented (and which was  further consolidated by a fifth launched at IFoG 2019, TALES FROM THE BARN - see above).

Jewels on the Cut; an exploration of the Stourbridge Canal and the local glass industry (2010)


Softback, 96pp, full colour. Sorry; sold out, but collector's copies available via the usual internet sources. Or we might just find you the odd one here if you'd like to contact us. Worth a try.

The 2012 Portland Vase Project; Recreation of a Masterpiece (2012)


Softback, 96pp, full colour. Including a separate free Postscript (12pp, full colour) that brings the entire project to its conclusion, this is available at £12.50 + £2.50 p&p but see 'special promotion' .

Whisker on Kittens - a personal appreciation of Stourbridge Glass (2015)


Softback, 96pp, full colour. Think of Julie Andrews a'warbling in The Sound of Music and the title suddenly becomes clear ... 'these are a few of my favourite things'. An enchantingly eccentric yet eminently informative appraisal of Stourbridge Glass, as related by the author's beloved 'puddy-tats'. You'll never look at that glass vase on your granny's mantlepiece in quite the same way again. Also available at £12.50 + £2.50 p&p but see 'special promotion'.

Jewels on the Cut II — a revision and update of the original (2017)


Softback, 144pp, full colour. The absolute biz. Probably the last word on the Stourbridge Canal and its glass industry for some time to come, including authoritative contributions on the Canal & River Trust, British Glass Foundation, White House Cone museum of glass, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and much more. This is the one. £15.00 + £2.50 p&p but see 'special promotion''.

SPECIAL PROMOTION for the 'Jewels' series


Whilst stocks last; purchase all three in 'The Trilogy' for just  £30.00 + £5.00 p&p. 

All books can be signed by the author on request, prior to despatch. See our contact details for more.

A 30-minute DVD The Crystal Mile (above) made to accompany JoC I is still available in limited quantities and can be included with the bundle for an additional £3.00 or separately at £5.00 + £2.50 p&p.

Please note: p&p rates are UK mainland only. Separate rates apply  beyond these shores.


Others available

Out of the Chair (2009)


Softback, 176pp, b&w. Subtitled 'A compendium of Chairman's Notes and addresses (2005 - 2008) plus other contributions to Broadsheet, the magazine of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Society', this is an absorbing account of the author's tenure of the eponymous role during a time of unprecedented change at British Waterways, and prior to his subsequent recruitment to the  Canal & River Trust that ultimately superseded BW. A contemporary  account that can only gain in historical provenance. £9.99 + £2.50 p&p.

GlassCuts@50 (2014)


Hardback, 240pp, full-colour. GlassCuts is the voice of the British Glass Foundation. Launched as an ad hoc bulletin in 2011 it has become a fortnightly 'must read' digest of the world of glass, particularly the Stourbridge Glass industry and the new White House Cone museum of glass in Wordsley. This sumptuous hardbound limited-edition collation of the 'best bits' from the first 50 editions is a true collectors item and is only available to a) those who give meritorious service to the BGF or b) those who send  a cheque to BGF with a lot of zeros on the end!  Which will it be? Contact us.

In Our Time (2013)


Softback, 22pp, full colour. For those seeking a concise overview of The 2102 Portland Vase Project in 'The Trilogy' this is a synopsis of the entire venture, with additional notes and comments, that was  featured in GlassCuts 34, the email bulletin of the British Glass Foundation.. £3.50 incl free p&p.

Playing The Game (2010)


Hardback, by commission-only. A tantalising gem for Sherlock Holmes aficionados, this is the author's definitive (!) interpretation of Baskerville Hall  being not on Dartmoor but  Dalmunzie Castle in the Scottish Highlands, as told through the experiences of a man who is  based on a real-life colleague of the author - but who is not identified. Intrigued? Available to special order  as a 'one-off' print run. 'Extraordinary' - Alex the narrator. Contact us.

The Sweet Life (2004)


Softback, 80pp, some B&W illustrations. Still a popular 'evergreen' this concise guide to Type 2 Diabetes features a forward from a Doctor with a special interest in the subject  It has been described as 'all the information your GP would love to be able to give you but doesn't have the time'. So why not find out for yourself.? What is Type 2, what are its effects and, most importantly, how you can treat and manage it? An invaluable and easily assimilated  first reference for anyone diagnosed with 'The Big D' or wishing to know more about the condition. £4.99 + £1.50 p&p.

Cartography, an introduction



Softback, 96pp, full colour. Now in its second edition, having been completely updated and revised to include sections on thematic mapping and web mapping, this is a superb - and  essential - practical guide to making better maps, written by two of the UK's leading cartographic practitioners, one of whom is Mary Spence MBE of Sparrow Publishing. (see Sparrow in navigator bar, above) £12.99 + £2.50 p&p.